Concerned about the levels of toxic metals in the "fun jewelry" your daughter wants to buy at the mall?

You can breathe easier about that now, as national jewelry seller Tween brands has pledged to eliminate the toxic metal cadmium from bracelets, necklaces, and other items it sells.

Cadmium has recently been found to cause neurological damage, much like lead does.  It can also damage the kidneys and bones, and is a known carcinogen.

With young kids' propensity to put jewelry and other small toys in their mouths, items such as jewelry, Happy Meal toys, fast-food souvenir glasses, and other items geared to children have been recalled in the past year or so.

Tween Brands, which owns Justice, has agreed to eliminate added cadmium in its jewelry and other merchandise.  Other retailers and manufacturers are expected to follow suit, as new, voluntary standards limiting cadmium content in jewelry geared to children should be in place by summer 2011.

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